Math Missions

Surface Area and Volume of 3D Shape Nets

Try this unofficial Minecraft project-based learning activity where students compute the surface area and volume of geometric nets, and then can color and assemble those nets into their very own version of the character Steve to take home!

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Why you'll love this

This is a great way to connect with your kids over their favorite video game! At the same time, creating a hands-on activity that will impress parents at open house or back to school night

Other teachers had used this product for choice activity, independent practice, end of unit project, extra credit, and more!

What math does this practice?

This activity explores calculating the volume and surface area of various rectangular prisms and then assembling the rectangular prisms into a Minecraft inspired character.

Dimensions (edge lengths) of rectangular prisms in this activity contain whole numbers and decimals.

For fractional dimensions, see other projects below:

What's included?

  • Black & white worksheets -- more artistic lesson, students can color in!

  • Color worksheets -- faster lesson, no need to color!

  • Instructions

  • Answer key

What do you need?

  • Printouts of the activity

  • Scissors

  • Glue sticks or tape

  • Colored pencils or markers (for black & white worksheets)

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This activity is NOT AN OFFICIAL MINECRAFT PRODUCT. NOT APPROVED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH MOJANG.

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